(Basilius Valentinus). Anton Joseph Kirchweger. Microscopium Basili Valentini, sive Commentarium et Cribrelium uber den groszen Kreuzapfel der Welt. Berlin: 1790. 8vo. Krown & Spellman retail: $1,000. First edition. A-L8. I-X, 11-172p. Contemporary paper wrappers, edges worn, re-backed with title in old ink. Contents dog eared at beginning and end. All collated groupings of 5-8 have been correctly trimmed all other groupings (1-4) are untrimmed. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: "A curious work. which attempts to apply the philosophical principles of Basil Valentine to pharmaceutical chemistry. In four chapters Kirchweger (d.1746) discusses ores of antimony, the elemt itself, and its compounds. Alchemical symbolism is extensively used throughout. According to Ferguson the author was a doctor of medicine at Gmunden, in Upper Austria. Rare. Not in Caillet, Ferchl, Guiata, Partington, Poggendorff, Waite, Waller, Watt, etc." - Neville II: 726-27. Ferguson I:470, Ferguson (Glasgow) I: 372, Duveen: 323, Ackerman IV:100, Wellcome III: 397. Rosenthal: 489, Bruning 5485

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